Four formerly suspended BCycle stations are back in use in Houston's Midtown area following a partnership between Houston Bike Share—the nonprofit that operates Houston BCycle—and the Midtown Management District.
The stations are located at the following locations:
- Milam Street at Webster Street
- Ensemble/Houston Community College rail stop
- Austin Street at Gray Street
- La Branch Street at Alabama Street
"At Midtown, we pride ourselves on being one of the most pedestrian-friendly communities in Houston," said Cynthia Alvarado, director of operations and strategic planning with the Midtown Management District. "The Midtown Management District board of directors voted and agreed that this partnership reduces barriers to mobility by providing access to bike share, allowing for truly equitable transportation options. Additionally, it fosters recreation and personal wellness for residents and visitors."
Houston BCycle suspended a number of stations in November as part of what officials said was a temporary cost-saving measure to deal with revenue not keeping pace with operational costs for the network. The number of BCycle stations in Houston grew from three stations to 153 from 2012-22, officials said.
In January, the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County voted to take over operation of Houston BCycle with plans to develop a six- to nine-month transition plan in collaboration with Houston Bike Share.
In a March 30 newsletter, officials with Houston BCycle said they are working with other neighborhood management districts on similar partnerships.
"The terms of these agreements are currently limited to 90-day increments to allow for flexibility as we develop a bike share network plan with METRO," officials said.
A map of BCycle stations can be found here. Donations can be made to Houston Bike Share here.